DWI Suspect Arrested In Locksleys' Car - Albuquerque Journal

DWI Suspect Arrested In Locksleys' Car

DWI Suspect in Locksleys’ Car

A 19-year-old former Illinois high school football star, driving a car belonging to the family of University of New Mexico football coach Mike Locksley, was arrested Saturday afternoon on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Joshua Butts was driving on Cesar Chavez SE, near University Stadium, when he was arrested. According to a criminal complaint, Butts was speeding and endangering pedestrians en route to Saturday’s Lobos-Sam Houston State football game.

Butts performed poorly on field sobriety tests, according to the complaint. Later, a breath-alcohol test yielded a reading at or above 0.16, twice the legal limit. He also failed to produce a driver’s license.

According to the complaint, the blue Ford SUV Butts was driving is registered to Michael and Kia Anika Locksley. Kia Locksley is the coach’s wife.

A statement issued by UNM late Saturday claims the vehicle is registered to Kia Locksley and Meiko Locksley, the coach’s son.

Butts told police, according to the report, that “Mr. Locksley brought him from Chicago to play and gave him the vehicle to use.”

Josh Butts is listed by various online football recruiting sites as a cornerback at Centennial High School in Champaign, Ill., in the 2010 graduating class. He is not listed on the UNM roster, nor, based on an Internet search, on that of any other college football team.

Locksley was the offensive coordinator at the University of Illinois from 2005-08. Meiko Locksley, now a walk-on defensive back for the Lobos, attended and played for Champaign Centennial before his father was hired at UNM.

Mike Locksley, through UNM’s sports information department, said he would have no comment.

But UNM released the following statement:

“On Saturday, a friend of UNM football player Meiko Locksley was arrested on the suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The suspect had borrowed the car of Meiko Locksley, which is registered to Kia and Meiko Locksley.

“The suspect, Joshua Butts, is not a recruit, not a member of the UNM football program or the athletics department.”
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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